Right To Choose

by lisamajor on September 13, 2015 - 5:42pm

You are lying in the hospital bed, weak, in pain, knowing that there is nothing left for you than to just wait. Wait for death to come to you. Would you want the option to end your suffering there?

In Quebec, hospitals are setting up to give doctors “euthanasia kits”. Patients are going to be allowed to be helped into dying. This may sound dark, but I completely agree with the decision the Quebec government made to allow this. A few days ago in Britain, a bill was denied allowing the same rights to patients. What I fail to see is why. Why let someone who knows that their death is inevitable just wait for it to come? People need to see that in some cases, death seems like the better option.

What people fail to see is the patient needs to be in a state where in the end there is no other option but death, for euthanasia to even be considered. There are already many cases where the patients commits suicide, the family members aid in the suicide, or doctors even illegally help the patients get out of their misery. If people are already doing it, why not make it legal? I’ve heard too many times at funerals where people say, “I’m just glad they’re no longer suffering.”

I say, make it legal. Let people have the choice to live until their natural death or to die on their own terms.



The article ''Right to Choose'' was a very interesting read. However, when you state that people can choose to live until their natural death or to die on their own terms, it is a false dilemma since you refuse to acknowledge alternate viewpoints and only seeing these two options. There are other options according to Dr Richard Hillier, chairman of the Association for Palliative Care in the UK, other than killing the patient. According to Hillier, the answer is to get involved with a very good palliative care unit. You are welcome to correct me if I have misunderstood your point of view.

The article "Right to Choose" contains, according to me, a misleading premise (a fallacy). There is a false dilemma. In this text it seems like you tell us there is only two options : either suffer in pain and await for you death or kill yourself with a couple of pills. This is not necessarily true, because depending of your illness, there are certain pills you can take to diminish the pain.

I find it interesting that you agree with this method. I found many countries against it, but one that was in favor. Indeed, since 2002, euthanasia is legal in Netherlands (where it was legal for the first time ever). I too think euthanasia is a good thing because as it's been proven in Netherlands, this practice can be well structured and used for good. According to the article, ''It imposes a strict set of conditions: the patient must be suffering unbearable pain, their illness must be incurable, and the demand must be made in full consciousness by the patient''. It demonstrates that everything can be done in order to respect the dignity of the patient (so it's only used as a last ressource). It seems like patients prefer this more human moral approach since the article mentions that : ''palliative sedation has also become a widespread practice in hospitals, with 15,000 cases a year since 2005, according to the Royal Dutch Medical Association''.


I think that it is true that legalizing euthanasia has many benefits or even that the pros outweigh the cons, but it is important to consider the cons letting people chose whether they want to die or not. Some patients are mentally ill or are incapable of making such decisions. And what about the doctors and nurses? Do they want to be responsible for a death, that might not even have been well-made, if in any case, the patient could not properly make a decision? Legalizing it could be like saying "it's ok to do it" and it could encourage people to possibly make a bad decision since it is so easily accessible.

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